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A strategic look into how networks are built

Mysterium Network was started with a purpose. That purpose was and continues to be: create a network that ensures surveillance-free communication and access to the internet for all. How to sell bandwidth on our marketplace? Check out our definitive guide to becoming a Mysterium Node, or simply get started here.

The internet is becoming an increasingly fragmented place. This was not intended by the founders of the internet. Those in power know that when you control information flow, you control people. 

This is neither fair nor ethical. And this problem begs a solution. Mysterium Network is building a technological solution to a social problem – with your help. 

Mysterium Network is equally a research and development project. 

  1. Research – because we are building new technologies from scratch, even if separate components have existed for a while
  2. Development – because technology alone will not solve this problem. Instead, a distributed node network in place, and in action can solve a big part of the problem. 

Related: What is the splinternet, and how can decentralisation fix it?

What is Mysterium Network comprised of?

To truly understand what we’re working on at Mysterium Network we must divide our network into different components for clarity.

1. Base Layer

Our base layer is comprised of our core technology. This is our node software, payment hub and discovery service. This is the layer that addresses how to sell bandwidth within a bandwidth marketplace. All these components are currently being built and tested through the Mysterium Network Node Pilot. 

Related: Introduction to micropayments on Mysterium Network

2. Infrastructure Layer

The infrastructure layer makes it easier for other application developers to plug into Mysterium Network and access our pool of residential IPs. As we create tooling that makes it easier for developers to build on Mysterium Network, this will help to drive more traffic through our network

Our infrastructure layer comprises of different components such as a quality oracle, identity pool payments management, automatic exchange tool and much more. Some of these components are being built as we speak, with much more coming up as we continue to work with partners who help us identify needs with feature requests.

We are also working on enterprise client software for VPN businesses which will allow them to become consumers in our network. Our goal is to progress this client software to potentially allow these VPN businesses to also become providers within Mysterium Network.

We will dive deeper into each of these components, and what they will mean for corporate partners and app developers in a later blog post. Sign up to our newsletter to hear it first.

3. Apps Layer

With our application layer, the goal is to drive incoming traffic into Mysterium Network so nodes can earn from real users. Our application layer comprises of our own reference implementation, Mysterium VPN on android. It’s free – so give it a whirl.

It could also stretch to include anything from mobile and television applications through to web scraping tools which utilise our network of nodes. Interested in building on Mysterium Network? Jump into discord, let us know how you’d like to contribute to building an open internet for all and let us know how we can help. 

Stay tuned for some exciting announcements on developer bounties to encourage building on Mysterium Network! Want to hear about it first? Join us on discord and telegram to connect with both core team members and the wider Mysterium community.

Join us in bootstrapping this research project

To build towards a successful permissionless and decentralised virtual private network, we have a three-pronged strategy: 

  1. Build an initial network of nodes and embed them with an open Mysterium protocol (an evolving one). The aim is that each node is able to provide any user of the network with access to the open internet and/or a line of secure communication.
  2. Provide this network with an incentivisation mechanism. This is where payments come into play. Once peer to peer payments are live, network users will be able to pay a node directly for its service. To test our network, we needed to get some real-world data and input. Hence the Mysterium Network Node Pilot was born.
  3. Build and encourage an ecosystem of apps. Without this, Mysterium Network loses its diversity of use and robustness. This is where our infrastructure and apps layer comes into play. We are building all kinds of tools – amongst them our own reference implementation of apps using the network. Check out Mysterium VPN on Android – which both showcases Mysterium Network’s potential while providing real-world value to its users. 

Related: Tor vs VPN vs dVPN

Mysterium Network Node Pilot.

Through the Mysterium Network Node Pilot, you join us in the research phase of our project, which means you should expect rapid changes. 

We have just released our proposed Mysterium Node Pilot bounty updates for the month of March. We are doing so with a 30-day lead up so that we can gather feedback from our community and shape these rules with them. 

You can find our proposal for March’s bounty rules here. As we build a network for the people, by the people – we need your feedback to understand how best to shape incentive mechanisms that create a robust network that is resilient against bad actors.

Mysterium Network - The Network will always come first

Our Node Pilot and evolving bounty rules are designed to bootstrap the evolution of Mysterium Network.

We will continue with bounties to strengthen key areas of Mysterium Network, reshaping areas which are underdeveloped and exploring new geographies or communications protocols which can bypass censorship. Eventually (with the implementation of peer to peer payments) the network will become self-sufficient – meaning that users will pay nodes directly. 

With March’s iteration of bounty rules, we are hoping to move closer to market conditions. We have a limited budget for bounties, and this is one of the reasons we are proposing a cap on the number of nodes we will pay monthly. In real market conditions, all nodes who collect tokens will be paid. This is why we have proposed rolling payouts – which means you can combine your tokens from several months to allow you to rank amongst the top nodes within your region and get a payout. 

In saying all this, we urge you to be prepared for changes within bounty rules, as the focus will shift depending on the data uncovered during our ongoing research phase.

Help us create a sustainable robust network which places privacy and openness at the forefront. Give us feedback on our proposal, join the community and run a Mysterium Node.

Mysterium Network 2019 round up

What is Mysterium Network?

Mysterium Network is building a dVPN, a crypto VPN in essence where a distributed network of nodes all over the world are paid for providing a VPN service in a bandwidth marketplace.

Related: The splinternet is here, and decentralisation can stitch it together. We must act now.

It’s been a whirlwind of a year at Mysterium Network

We wrapped up 2018 releasing our Android app (which has recently undergone some quality updates! So check it out and let us know what you think).

Nostalgia mixes with excitement as we compare where we’re at today with how much further we can take Mysterium Network.

As always, we are ever grateful for our growing community of nodes. You guys are the network, and we’re here to serve you.

Related: The definitive guide to becoming a Mysterium Node

By the numbers

In 2018 at any given time we had an average of 40 – 50 nodes, all powering away to help kickstart this network and push the movement forward. These were initially data center nodes, with residential nodes slowly filtering in. At the time we were struggling to enable stable and robust connections due to the inconsistent nature of the hardware they ran on.

In 2019 we grew that number to 400! That’s 10 x growth, but with a very important differentiating factor – a much stronger focus on Raspberry Pis to help us create a stable permissionless VPN network. 

As a young company pioneering a niche technology that’s a huge achievement. It also means we have a few hundred people who already believe in our vision and want to make the internet a better, fairer and more inclusive domain.

Over the past year, we also...

These little guys can change the world (wide web)

1. Introduced Raspberry Pi as a staple of our node network.

Pis have proven to be our most stable node to date, providing the most consistent bandwidth. These little devices have catalysed our network growth and through them we’ve found a way to make being a node far easier and rewarding. Once up and running, our users can just forget all about them. 

We are exploring more node platforms to release in 2020. Have suggestions? Tell us which platform, device or mechanism and we might just have a bounty for you to help us create it…

2. Launched our node pilot.

We incentivised people to join our network, run a node and provide a service. This has been put in place as a Research and Development initiative and has seen multiple iterations. From this pilot, we’ve been able to understand network dynamics and test the speed, strength and integrity of our network. As a crypto VPN, building a P2P network beginning to test incentive mechanics was extremely important for us. A huge thanks to our wonderful community of nodes for sticking with us and for providing invaluable feedback, helping us we refine and grow Mysterium Network.

3. Began testing payments. 

You asked, and you shall receive! 

We announced that we’re close to launching payments on Mysterium. Crypto VPN payments are a crucial element of our network. As such, we needed to design a solution which was capable of meeting real world requirements of scalability and affordability. This system also had to comply with the ethos of decentralised ecosystems. These are two opposing forces, with no current solutions suitable for our use case.

But we believe we’ve developed a unique solution that fits our requirements.

This is more than just an exciting milestone for Mysterium Network We have worked extensively towards this moment for the better part of the year and are almost ready to deploy it. 

Find out more about our P2P payments system in our blog and technical deep dive from our in house payments genius Jaro Satkevic.

4. Partnered with Avado 

AVADO enables you to be a part of your favourite decentralised projects, like Mysterium. The team created an amazingly simple plug and play hardware device that connects you to many different kinds of blockchains. Using the AVADO Box, anyone can become a node to help power decentralised networks and earn cryptocurrency in the process. 

This is the first of many partnerships to come. Learn what they mean for you and for the Web3 in our blog post.

Building an app and want to provide your users with privacy? Learn how you can build on top of our network by checking out our GitHub.

5. Created a new platform for node runners. 


We built a new platform for our node community, called My.Mysterium.Network (MMN).

This dashboard-style interface is designed to improve the entire node running experience.  It’s a crucial part of our updated node infrastructure. All it takes is some quick setting up and login details to get you started

Now all our nodes can easily link their nodes and watch their earnings grow. We also built a strong support system with help.mysterium.network and the implementation of intercom (live chat). 

6. Enabled live streaming traffic from three businesses.

Real world traffic is flowing from B2B integrations into our network.

Building a B2B business while disrupting a market is no mean feat. In the last quarter of 2019 we’ve taken business partners through testing and integration, tested assumptions on how IPs will be treated by different services and gotten a more nuanced understanding of real world requirements of a permissionless VPN network.

We are working on streamlining partnerships, cleaning up documentation and offering a rock solid service to our business integration partners. Need Residential IPs? Talk to us. 

7. Kicked off our ambassador program, Mysterium Army. 

We consider our community to be our strongest asset. We’ve been a grassroots dVPN project since Day One. And we need your help in educating others on privacy, anti-censorship and the need for VPNs.

Enlist in our Army and discover how you can help us in this battle for the internet we all deserve. 

8. Attended the following events and conferences:

9. And sponsored these:

We cooled it somewhat on events this year to really focus on making our tech the best it can be.

But stay tuned for 2020, where we will be teaming up with other projects to host hackathons so you can not only learn about, but help us build and improve our network!

To all our nodes, community members, partners and supporters, we want to say the BIGGEST thank you from the bottom of our ethernet cables (and hearts).

We hope 2020 will be the year which launches our network into the stratosphere. 

✌️💜& 🥧

Team Myst 

Mysterium Network 2018 Q3 Round Up

What is VPN used for? And why is it so important to decentralise the internet?

Mysterium Network is building a decentralised VPN. What is VPN used for? There are many practical applications, protecting your browsing from prying eyes when on a public WiFi, accessing content blocked in your region, and much more.

Traditional VPNs are expensive, and inaccessible to many different markets with heavily censored internet. See how what we’re building is different.

Related: Tor vs VPN vs dVPN – see the difference

Before we give you the latest update, we’d like to take a quick moment to thank our growing community of nodes for their ongoing support and contributions. Your time and effort is endlessly appreciated as you help us launch the next generation of the internet!

The larger our network grows, and the more we spec our requirements from B2B partners, the more we understand just how vital a highly reliable, stable network of residential IPs is to Web 3 infrastructure. 

Related: The ultimate guide to becoming a Mysterium Node. Decentralise the internet, and earn cryptocurrency.

The past few months here at Mysterium have been an ongoing process of testing, learning and implementation. 

In the last quarter, we:

  1. Grew our network to 176 active nodes
  2. Onboarded 75 node runners to the bounty pilot, who earned an average of 28 each
  3. Began integrating with 3 businesses, who will start sending test traffic through these nodes

At the end of Q3, the entire Mysterium team came together (including our remote team mates) for quarterly think-tank workshops. Our goal was to reflect, collaborate and outline new objectives for Q4 that aligns with our long term vision and elevates our business sustainably. 

Following these workshops, the team reached consensus by voting for their favourite ideas. 

This quarter, our goals are to:

Launch payments on testnet

We have been actively researching and developing our own unique P2P payments solution to be integrated with the network. This Layer 2 solution will accommodate frequent micropayments by utilising state channels and function similarly to the Lightning Network (but with a more user-friendly approach).

We hope this P2P system will also realise the utility of  the MYST token and this milestone takes us one step closer to this.

Related: Introduction to Micropayments on Mysterium Network

Triple our node base

As the heart of our network, our core focal point has been to grow our node network. What is a VPN used for? It is used to reroute traffic through nodes. Our node pilot is essentially a Research & Development initiative, allowing us to test Raspberry Pi nodes in a home environment and measure the strength, quality and speed of the resulting network. 

At the moment, the only traffic which nodes receive in our whitelisted mode is local streaming content coming directly from the Mysterium team.

We are strongly focusing on the UK market, with local boots on the ground to help build up our base there. It is our goal to have at least 200 stable UK nodes up and running by the end of Q4. If you’re located in GB and want a discounted Raspberry Pi, please reach out to savannah@mysterium.network

To maximise our node efforts, we will also:

Launch the my.mysterium.network (MMN) platform; we want to improve node engagement and retention, creating a seamless user experience. We will soon launch my.mysterium.network to automate onboarding and provide direct channels for feedback.

Self-help support functions and reporting processes mean we are always listening to our node runners and refining product to make it as strong as possible. The MMN dashboard will also track your nodes earnings, bounty payouts and referrals.

Ramp up our referral program; we are seeking out more ambassadors to help us onboard nodes, including influencers who can educate and inspire their communities to help us build the Web 3.

Turbocharge the team

As our network grows, we require more special talent:

– Developers – we’re always on the lookout for Golang developers. If you’re into network security, blockchain, and privacy – you’ll be a fit. Find out how you can shape the internet of the future. 

– 1 UK-based cryptocurrency and network security legal specialist – to help us navigate all the compliance and legal requirements or issues we may encounter as a blockchain project. 

– 1 node support specialist – to be the first point of contact and ongoing support system for our fast-growing node community. 

– 1 business development representative – to help us find new B2B partners and create new revenue streams for Mysterium.

Why join Mysterium and decentralise the internet? 

We believe that an internet powered by people is the next stage of its technological and social evolution. That’s why we are building open source, decentralised applications and tools which will empower a global community to self-govern and sustain the web.

Decentralisation is still a work in progress, and producing a truly P2P network is our long term goal. We know that a strong node network can solve the failings of our centralised internet, but first we need a team with strong-will to help us create that network. That’s why we’re looking for more brilliant minds to make this a reality. 

Join our team to help us rewire the internet, safeguarding freedom of speech and anonymous expression online.

Test B2B models

As we increase the supply in our bandwidth marketplace, we are also balancing demand through self sustaining models for our SuperProxy. This quarter, our goal is to have three businesses send their test traffic through our nodes. 

From this we will understand both the detailed technical requirements of our network and profitability of the different use cases we are considering.

Now over to you - take a more active role in Mysterium Network!

Our commitment to our community is to grow Mysterium Network responsibly, ensuring its positive effect on Web 3 as it evolves. We value your support and understanding as we expand the number of people working to take Mysterium Network to the next level. 

If you’d like to join us in creating the next iteration of the WWW – get in touch with orinta@mysterium.network. 

Make money selling bandwidth – Mysterium & Avado Partnership

make money selling bandwidth

As Mysterium grows, we want to find the many new and exciting ways you can both make money selling bandwidth, and take advantage of the wider token economy. Check out our article on 14 ways to earn crypto online.

There are countless projects out there building the foundation of the decentralised world, and AVADO is one pioneer helping to drive the evolution of the Web3. 

Who is AVADO?

sell your internet

AVADO enables you to be a part of your favourite decentralised projects, like Mysterium. The team created an amazingly simple plug and play hardware device that connects you to many different kinds of blockchains. 

Using the AVADO Box, anyone can make money selling bandwidth and earn cryptocurrency in the process. 

[For those who need to know – How does a node work?

In a distributed peer-to-peer network, a node represents a single device, such as a computer or hardware device, which helps power and maintain that network. Through these transparent, secure and community-run systems, value can easily be digitised and shared. People are incentivised to contribute their resources, such as bandwidth or processing power, sharing it directly with the entire network without any kind of official host or authority needed. Nodes are paid for contributing their resources.]

Running your own node is usually very resource-intensive, requiring complex software as well as a lot of computer storage and bandwidth. AVADO makes it easy to be a node as it is designed to handle the CPU and disk-intensive aspects of running one. It provides a huge amount of RAM, ample Disk space, Internet access, and more.

There’s a lot of information floating around that running a node is very expensive. With AVADO, it only costs roughly $50 dollars per year to run. These low operational costs invite everyone to join. 

The Box has its own operating system, so you can choose between various blockchains, like Bitcoin, Ethereum or Monero. The best part is you can run these multiple blockchain nodes at once, so Mysterium is just one of the many networks you can be a part of. 

AVADO now offers smart mining, which is where we come in. Mysterium is the first smart mining application, so the AVADO community can install our node software, start sharing their bandwidth to help power our decentralised VPN and earn up $600 worth of ETH in a year! Find out how you can earn in our network. 

You can use the AVADO Wizard which helps you get started. The Wizard walks you through the entire process. 

Howdy, partner

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Mysterium and AVADO met last year, and the synergy between the two teams was obvious. 

AVADO is decentralisation in a box. It’s agnostic, open-source and wants to put blockchains in the hands of everyday people. We’re both working towards a greater vision where users reclaim the internet. Our teams believe in the potential of residential nodes to power the Web3, independently of Web2 ISP and servers. 

On a technical level, our projects also complement each other. Mysterium’s software can easily be installed onto their hardware, so AVADO users have more blockchain magic to play with. So we sat down to think about how we could work together to help you make money selling bandwidth.

Collaboration is one of our industry’s biggest strengths and secret weapons. Other technology sectors and companies want to keep their research, insights and code private to remain competitive. They want to outperform, rather than lift up, other projects to maximise their profit. 

This has been the opposite for decentralised communities. By partnering, collaborating and learning together, the development of our ecosystem accelerates. We are open-source and transparent so we can learn from each other’s mistakes or innovations. When other developers and teams know where we got it right, they can build on top of our own work and research. 

“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

Now it’s over to you

Blockchains need people power. 

While teams like Mysterium and AVADO provide the infrastructure and tools, our communities  are the fuel which ignites decentralization. The more people running a node at home, the stronger, faster and more stable these global networks become, and the faster we can achieve true decentralization.

An open internet also offers both digital and economic freedom. Running a personal node means that you are in control of your own data and your privacy. Your personal information and online activity cannot be logged or stored in private servers, so your data cannot be commoditized or sold to businesses.

How to set up Mysterium on your AVADO

Check out this step by step instructional video by the amazing team at Avado. We’re super excited about this partnership and hope you are too!

Like the progress you’re seeing? Show us some love by sharing this article with your friends. Or join the Mysterium node pilot program today.

How does Mysterium’s whitelisting policy protect you?

At Mysterium Network, some of our core values are freedom and privacy. We want to make sure that people all over the world can use the internet freely and safely, unburdened by censorship or surveillance. 

However, in a decentralised P2P system like ours, we need to make sure that everyone who contributes to and takes part in our ecosystem have only good intentions. 

That’s why we have a whitelist which ensures that no malicious traffic can pass through your personal node. 

We do this to protect you, ourselves and the entire network from bad actors. We want Mysterium Network to always be a space that is supportive, collaborative and free from shady business. 

This is our balance between privacy and safety. While we’d like to afford everyone some level of freedom through anonymity, the reality is that we can’t guarantee the behaviour of every user. 

Currently all whitelisted traffic is test traffic that comes directly from the Mysterium team and verified B2B partners. 

Have you heard about our node pilot program? Find out how you can earn in our network.

What is whitelisting and how does Mysterium Network use it?

A whitelist is a list of items which is given permission to access certain systems or protocols. Programs, computers and companies use these lists to know who their trusted users or sources are. When a whitelist is used, every other participant is denied access until the network approves them.

Whitelisting has been around for decades and plays a big role in your everyday internet practices, such as email. 

Some examples of different whitelisting applications:

  • Email: your email will likely scan messages to detect phishing scams, virus threats and spam, filtering these before they enter your inbox. These email systems are configured to accept messages only from known addresses on their programmed whitelist, which is why sometimes your mail ends up in the junk folder.
  • Firewalls: a network administrator can create a firewall which only allows specific IP addresses from their whitelist to access that network. This is often used by businesses and organisations to prevent outsiders from entering their internal systems, such as their intranet.
  • A website can be configured to only allow traffic from certain (or entire ranges of) whitelisted IP addresses. This is commonly used in geoblocking. If the website doesn’t approve your IP location, it can instantly deny you access. 

In the case of Mysterium Network, we have a whitelist that we use to protect our nodes from malicious incoming traffic. It’s an in-built security feature that allows us to protect node runners like you so that you  only receive “clean” traffic. This is the default setting of our node runner software. In the future, this whitelist will include partners who have met our KYC rules. Right now, the only traffic that passes through your node is the test traffic sent from Mysterium Team.

How does running a node work in Mysterium Network?

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Our decentralised VPN was the first of its kind. It is an application which allows you to become a node and share both your IP address and unused bandwidth with anyone in the world who needs it. 

For example, when using the app, you can provide a VPN service so that people can select your IP address to start routing their traffic through. You are paid for providing this service. Users with more popular IP address locations, such as the United States, are in higher demand and typically provide their service to people in countries with severe web censorship cultures.

To test our node software in home environments, we are sending whitelisted (test) traffic as a starting point. Our decentralised architecture distributes all traffic across the network using an advanced sharding technique. It scrambles and encrypts all data, so that no single node will ever have the full picture of what you’re doing. Our layered protection protocols are designed to preserve your privacy – both as a user and a node.

Mysterium IDs

We will identify and block bad actors from our network through the use of registered identities (Mysterium ID) and a network-wide reputation system. This will be an automated system where new users can register their Mysterium ID using a smart contract, generating a new Ethereum address. Users sign messages with their ID, which proves their ownership. 

Users provide some MYST tokens to validate that contract, so that that every registered identity will have a stake. This makes registering an identity unappealing to fake or abandon. Because it would be expensive to forge or make identities in large quantities, this is designed to limit exploitation of the network. 

These registered identities can also be used when making payments in the network. Your payment history and balances are public, so your proven track record makes you more trustworthy to other network participants and service providers.

Any person with a Mysterium ID can offer their unique VPN service (compatible with our network’s VPN service protocols) along with their costs and payment terms. 

Other registered network users can find your service which matches their specific needs (such as location and price) and connect to your individual IP addresses. 

Join the Mysterium Node Pilot Program

By running a Mysterium node in the US, UK, Germany and Italy you can earn up to $50 worth of ETH per month and $600 per year!

Find out more about how you can earn through Mysterium Network.

Mysterium Network 2018 Q3 updates

What is a VPN app for web 3?

Mysterium Network is building a decentralised VPN network. This means that our network is made up of distributed nodes across the globe.

What is a VPN app? And how are dVPNs different? Find out in our deep dive into what’s happening to the internet, and how we can work together to realise a censorship-free world for all.

Product updates - MYSTberry, now available on Raspberry Pi

  • We have plugged in new ways to scale our network and onboard stable nodes. Raspberry Pis can be preloaded with our node software and are fast becoming an important part of our node network infrastructure. They are incredibly stable, fast and most importantly they’re simple to use. Once set up and plugged in, there is no proactive maintenance or monitoring. 
  • Our referral program was also launched, incentivising our node community to spread the word and earn ETH for helping us get this grassroots movement off the ground. Want to earn while launching? Get in touch with sharmini@mysterium.network
  • Our UI has been updated so that nodes can check their up-to-date stats, such as connections, transfer rate and history. This will help Mysterium Node runners optimise towards higher earnings within the network.

Related: The ultimate guide to becoming a Mysterium Node Runner.

Payments

  • We have been deep in our research and development processes, creating the technological framework for our payments system and ensuring our methodology is sound. We have a white paper comparing our approach to other existing level 2 scaling solutions in the Ethereum ecosystem coming out soon. Sign up for our newsletter to see it first.
  • On top of this, we have started developing the payment systems UI. This means that you are now able to gain greater insight into your earnings as a node runner.
  • MYST faucet button on UI/providers
  • ETH-MYST DEX implemented
  • Payments on Mainnet – we understand that this is something largely anticipated by the community and are working hard to reach this milestone. While this is part of our roadmap for Q3, our main priority is onboarding stable nodes into the network to ensure a quality service for our users and upcoming B2B partners.
  • We are also reintroducing the MYST utility token to exchanges in order to provide liquidity for our users. 

 

Related: Micropayments in a distributed virtual private network. An introduction into payments on Mysterium Network

Node Engagements

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1.  We have established our range of email flows, including:

-Basic onboarding & KYC payouts
-Bounty and referral performance 
-Advanced payouts

2. A monitoring tool and dashboard for nodes has been created, for a friendly UI experience to encourage higher user engagement and help with reducing friction in node onboarding. 

3. We are also consistently working to automate our feedback loop for nodes, providing reporting processes and a self-help support system. 

We have also updated our node bounty payout formula. Nodes can now earn up to $50 worth of ETH per month and $600 per year. We are calculating your bandwidth contributions by an hourly rate of $0.07 p/h, with a minimum payout from $5 per month. Read more about this update here.

Ask Me Anything with Mysterium Network CEO & Founder

Robertas recently sat down with our community for an AMA on Reddit. Below is the list of these questions and answers, including some of the most common FAQs. In full transparency, nothing was held-back. 

Learn what we’re working on and see what the future holds for Mysterium!

1. Question on the Bittrex exchange. Are you going to go back there? Because the coins that remained on it will be sold in large quantities.

We are planning a wider reach, where we will introduce the MYST token to various exchanges by the middle of this quarter. Bitterex will be just one of the exchanges that we approach for listings.

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2. When are the next exchange listings? 

We need to align our relisting of MYST tokens on exchanges with the launch of our payments infrastructure. We expect this development to approach its final stages in this quarter, however it’s impossible to estimate this exactly as it involves R&D, which has an undefined ending.

As such, our exchange listing strategy will be led by our payment system going live on the mainnet. You can follow the development of the payment system on the Mysterium Github.

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3. Is there a token liquidity plan? If so, when will it step into force?

Security token VS. Utility token – MYST is a utility token. Liquidity will be provided once we are listed on various exchanges.

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4. What will you do now to provide MYST availability since there are many exchanges restricted in the US?

As mentioned before, we will be talking to a number of exchanges to distribute our token. Our token is a utility token, and its utility will be fully realised in our custom payment system. We hope that people in the US will be able to use MYST on our platform, as long as US exchanges accept us.

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5. Why does the MYST token get no attention from the team?

The main goal of Mysterium is to develop a product and economic system which allows nodes and users to use MYST to access, or get paid for offering, VPN services. Right now we are focused on growing our global node network and developing a robust payment system to provide the best possible service.

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6. What are you going to do to help improve the price of MYST?

We don’t encourage speculation. MYST is a utility token – its function is to reward participants in our network and help promote the widespread use a circular economy that fights internet censorship.

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7. Why are the team members no longer shown and information about staff not shared? How about getting the whole team back to the site?

You can find our core team here: https://mysterium.network/team/, however, we work with developers and contractors from all around the world who help keep the Mysterium vision alive.

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8. Do you have a marketing plan and how do you spend money on it?

As a company, we are constantly searching for the best way to scale our node program, including investing in the most cost-effective experiments which lead to the onboarding of many new nodes to our MESH. Once we have proof of concept of a stable and sustainable network we will begin investing in wider marketing efforts for the project.

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9. When will you be transparent with finances?

We have over 29 thousand of ETH which is being used to fund our project until we can become sustainable and start generating profitable returns, for both our company and for our users. This is one of the main reasons for our key focus on node acquisition and onboarding. A sustainable network of nodes open up several B2B monetisation models for the project and will help us with bridging the gap between the current web infrastructure and web 3 decentralization fundamentals.

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10. How much money do you have left? How will the project continue to survive?

As above – our project is building toward a sustainable network which solves daily user and B2B problems while also bringing in continuous sales.

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11.Why the lack of communication about the direction of the project?

This question is being asked frequently, but the answer always remains the same: we are shifting our business and product strategies to adapt to market needs. When we first ran the ICO our goal was to go after a consumer market. The market spectrum has changed with multiple decentralized VPN projects emerging and going after different pieces of the VPN market pie. In saying that, the VPN market is huge and there is opportunity for many different solutions for different use cases. Our main focus in on fat data transfer. To get more frequent updates on our project, run a Mysterium Node, join our node tester telegram group and let us know how we can improve the node experience and strength of our network.

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12. Why is the Google Store rating for the mobile app going down?

We have paused our Android app development as we have pivoted to focus on creating the most stable node network possible. This is important as we are building a marketplace and need a strong and stable supply of nodes to ensure network stickiness for users and B2B partners.

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13. Why is the mobile app source code not available yet as promised a long time ago?

Our mobile app source code is available on Github.You can check it out any time.

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14. Does Mysterium outsource-workers?

Yes. As we shift and move with the newest trends, we hire TOP external team members to move fast and deliver the best results.

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15. Who are the current team members?

We can’t provide information about every team member due to GDPR. This compounded with the fringe nature of our project means that we are extremely cognizant of our team and contributors’ privacy.

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16. What are their roles in a team? Share team photo and office photo to us! So there could have more confidence!

We have various teams and staff working across operations, legal, development, business development, marketing and product. Check out our Instagram channel which was created not so long ago, you will be able to see us there.

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17. Do you have hidden/private git-repositories?

Due to quality control, we do have hidden git-repositories. We always share our newest builds but we don’t want people downloading a product which is not yet fully built or still in development stage.

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18. Why did you add a raspberry REFERRAL link on-site? The ICO fund is out?

The Raspberry Pi referral link is part of our new node pilot and offers the Mysterium community a chance to earn extra money! This is a new program where you can give out your own unique referral code to your friends, and with every stable node in our network with your code. We have taken the link off the site to make the program smaller and test and learn. To get involved, reach out to sharmini@mysterium.network

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19. Understandably product is a priority for Mysterium, but the importance of marketing and community can’t be ignored. If there is no price appreciation – How does mysterium expect initial investors to keep hanging on? I mean even in traditional startups VC expect an appreciation after 2 years of their equity .. Nothing like that is happening with Myst.

Our goal has always to ensure MYST is a fully functional utility token. These tokens simply provide users with a product and/or service. Think of them like gateway tokens. The Mysterium Network is the only place where our token will be used. It’s price is always secondary.

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20. Why the lack of news and updates?

The blockchain market moves quickly and its technological development even more so. We are constantly adapting and readjusting our roadmap to make sure we deliver an exceptional product that is market-ready. We’ve been working hard, but at times we must refocus and start from scratch quickly. This is why we’ve been more quiet than usual lately, as we don’t want to brag about what *could* be done or what is in progress, rather let our product releases speak for themselves . We haven’t forgotten our community – we will spread the news of every milestone that we reach.

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21. Why are you not doing interviews and podcasts?
We are creating educational content [link to YouTube, link to blog] to help our community and node runners better understand our product. We will be more focused on being on podcasts and interviews once we have established clear and sustainable acquisition channels for Mysterium Nodes and can offer a stable service to users who join the network through these efforts.

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22. Why has the activity on social media gone down?

The activity is going to be up soon. Be ready for a boom 🙂

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23. Why did you promise a roadmap months ago and deliver nothing?

We are constantly working to deliver our roadmap goals. We’ve recently dedicated ourselves to R&D as this brings the most value to our development. Building technology from scratch is challenging and requires a lot of learning, trial and error.

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24. Why did you promise a series of partnerships for 2019 and deliver nothing?

2019 isn’t over! We are still focused on these developing these partnerships. This product is huge and every partnership comes with unique requirements where we have to customise our technology to ensure a quality experience for each community. We have an exciting partnership announcement coming up. Sign up for our newsletter to hear it first.

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25. Why doesn’t WireGuard™ work properly?
The WireGuardimplementation was proof of concept, for us to test that we can use other protocols within our dVPN application. As mentioned, we are focused on node acquisition and frictionless onboarding in the short to medium term.

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26. Why no iOS version yet? When?

While there is no Node network to share, there is no need for an IOS mobile app. It was promised before, and we are not shelving this idea, but at the moment an IOS app isn’t part of our immediate strategy, nor does it solve the problems we are facing at the moment.

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27. Why no Linux client yet? When?

There is a Linux client that can be run on docker. At the same time, the Raspberry Pi set up is based on the Linux system, and with its development we will connect the current client to Linux.

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28. Why wasn’t the payment system delivered in Q1 as promised?

Due to our R&D process, we have faced a lot of barriers that led us to start a new payment system from scratch. This is the main reason why are late with our system build. Developing a unique P2P payment system is not an easy job. One of our most experienced payment developers is working every day to create the best payment system which suit our needs. We will not release a half-working payment system, due to hacker breaches and other security measurements (as well as our integrity and reputation).

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29. Why have you not announced how many MYST will be required to run a node yet? When will the token be used for anything?

______________________________

Our payment system is already being built, but it is a huge process where we encounter many challenges. Running a node does not require MYST. In the future, prices will be set by individual nodes, and you can choose to buy bandwidth from whichever node you like and accept their offered rate.

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30. When multi-hops?

Much later – first we focus on the network. Multi-hops is an improvement of VPN product, so we want to release the final product first and then work on improvements later.

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31. Why do you ignore your investors and token holders?

No one is ignoring token holders and investors. Please always contact our Community Manager through telegram @germantasjus to ask him for anything.

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32. Robert or team members hold the MYST token?

All team members are given MYST tokens in bonuses, and the founding team still have all of their tokens.

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33. Tell us about the progress that has occurred over the past six months, give us a retro perspective?

Please refer to our product road map (Medium).

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34. Interested in when the product will be launched into mass use? At least in what quarter?

Once we have built the payment network, it requires testing and then ongoing revisions to improve it, I don’t have an answer for when it is going to be used in en masse, but we are launching it soon.

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35. When will be known the cost of connecting to the node for the day?

The price for connecting to a node will be decided by that particular node runner, compared to its bandwidth quality. We will provide an example for calculating appropriate prices for certain nodes, but this will just be a suggested price for Node runners. Prices will be determined by the free market within our network.

Crypto earning apps decentralising the world economy

Crypto earning apps - Earn money online with your unused bandwidth, and more

The internet redefined business forever, replacing brick and mortar with computer screens. But what’s more important is that it formed entirely new economic systems, such as the sharing and gig economies. Enter crypto earning apps that let you earn money online. 

Made up of freelancers and temporary workers, the gig economy affords people the freedoms and independence to work in their own way. We can now customise our jobs to fit into our lives, and not the other way around.

The success of sharing economy startups-turned-conglomerates signalled that these community-driven businesses had a much-needed model – one which empowered consumers for the first time.

These sub-economies show us what our global community is capable of when given an internet connection and a platform to share, collaborate and connect with one another. They break apart the traditional professional landscape and opens up new, fluid streams of income.  So let’s dive into crypto earning apps that let you earn online. If we’ve missed any, let us know and we’ll update this resource.

Tokens - money of the fourth industrial revolution?

Token economies are the next iteration of finance. Their decentralized systems are designed by and for people, rather than purely commercial profit. For example, with traditional sharing economies, host platforms like Airbnb and Uber take their ‘share’ and turn into conglomerates.

In a decentralized sharing economy, these companies become obsolete; you are the user, the host and the network itself. Token economies can create financial opportunities for everyone, regardless of geography or level of education.

In a token economy and with crypto earning apps, value can easily be digitised and shared. People are incentivised to contribute their time, resources or services through token reward systems. These transparent, secure and community-run systems are built on decentralised networks called blockchains, most commonly the Ethereum blockchain. They enable all kinds of decentralized applications (dApps) to be developed and plugged into them.

Traditional Economy

People pay businesses for goods and services. Revenue and profit flows one way – customer to business.

Sharing & Gig Economy

Businesses or individuals pay people to provide goods and services, but host companies take a cut and you play by their rules.

Token Economy

People rent, share and sell goods and services directly with each other or businesses on their own terms – no fees, no contracts, middlemen.

Here are some token economies which you can be a part of today.

Rent, don’t share

Golem Network

Golem allows the entire internet community to share their computing power through its decentralized network. It combines the power of users’ individual machines, creating one giant supercomputer. Anyone can tap into and utilise it for all sorts of power-intensive needs, such as rendering high-quality film. You receive tokens in exchange for contributing your own computing power.

Mysterium Network

Just like Golem, Mysterium has created an entire network which enables anyone to contribute their resources and receive tokens in exchange. In this case, users can buy a Rasberry Pi preloaded with a node and power the network. It’s as simple as plug, play and earn. Switch it on to start sharing your unused bandwidth (internet connection) while you work or sleep. Even better, users will be rewarded for each successful node they introduce to the network through their referral program.

Origin Protocol

Origin is crypto earning app allows anyone to build their own decentralized marketplace. You can create and manage listings for all kinds of assets and services. Buyers and sellers use the platform to discover each other, browse listings, make bookings and even leave ratings and reviews.

Predict the future

Augur

Augur is a prediction markets platform which harnesses the power of the crowds. It allows anyone, anywhere, to create or participate in markets and bet on real-world events, such as elections or the weather forecast. For example, you can “turn your political knowledge into predictive power” by waging on the outcome of upcoming elections and other political events. You can bet on any event worldwide for no sign-up, no deposits or limits and near-zero fees. Prediction markets are not just for gambling – they create more accurate prediction tools.

Work for tokens

Earn

Earn bitcoin by replying to emails and completing tasks. You can set up a free professional profile and then join curated lists based on your skills and interests. You can receive paid messages from recruiters, startups, and researchers.

You can also get paid to learn about new projects within the cryptocurrency space, helping startups to build their communities, get feedback on whitepapers or airdrop tokens.

Bounty0x

Similar to Earn, Bounty0x is a crypto bounty hunting platform. You can earn cryptocurrency and tokens by completing simple marketing, software development and creative tasks. This includes content creation, graphic design, filling out surveys, translating services, programming and video animation. They currently offer six different cryptocurrencies as a form of payment, as well as ERC20 utility tokens. They will soon be adding security tokens.

 

BULVRD

Earn tokens while you drive. With BULVRD, you help build and maintain a global mapping and road reporting network. Use this crypto earning app while you drive and help report road incidents like traffic and hazards. You earn on the drives you’re already making and can use their Augmented Reality experience to earn even more.

 

Bounties Network

The Bounties Network aims to change the way we collaborate, solving the core problems individuals face when working and transacting with each other across the globe.

It lets you create projects, collaborate and get paid for doing work in any domain – from freelancing to grassroots social action, research, content translation, or video production.

Use their Explorer to search through a global market of projects and talent. You can easily create or fulfill tasks, transacting in any Ethereum-based token with automated payments.

Open Bazaar

OpenBazaar provides everyone with the ability to buy and sell through their direct peer to peer app. You can create a store and sell whatever you’d like – your music, clothing, art. You get paid in cryptocurrency and as there are no middlemen, there are no fees and no restrictions.

Let your content work for you

Steemit

Steemit rewards its users for making and sharing content on their platform. You can monetise your content, receiving tokens based on the popularity of your posts. Users upvote or downvote what you share, incentivising a higher quality. It aims to redefine social media by building a social or ‘attention’ economy, where users receive tokens for sharing their voice, as opposed to current social media platforms where users get nothing. It has already paid out $59,595,935 worth of native STM tokens.

 

Publish0x

A “crypto powered blogging platform” with a point of difference – readers and sharers, not just writers, can also earn. This publishing platform is crypto agnostic, meaning you can accept whichever cryptocurrency you like, not just a native token. Tips are given to you by the platform. You then read articles and split your tip with authors. Ambassadors can also crypto by sharing great articles with others.

Decentralized Finance (DeFi)

sell my wifi

Amongst the more exciting and promising use cases for blockchain is the opportunity to redefine traditional finance. Loan, borrow, trade, earn interest – all in cryptocurrency and tokens.

Compound Finance

Compound is a transparent, autonomous money market. It enables anyone to earn interest by lending their Ethereum assets to other users. You can also borrow assets, for any length of time – even as short as one blockchain block (roughly ten minutes)! There are no requirements for how long an asset must be supplied or borrowed. Interest accumulates every block, so you’re free to withdraw or repay your loan at any time.

 

MakerDAO

Maker is creating economic opportunity for everyone. It is one of the leading projects in the blockchain community and is known for pioneering transparent and sustainable finance. Its open platform allows equal access to high-quality financial services, including fair credit for everyone. They also provide a decentralized stablecoin, collateral loans, and community governance. They will help you understand everything you need to know.

 

Dharma

Once you’ve made all your tokens, you can easily grow your crypto holdings to make your money go further. Instead of letting your tokens sit in a wallet or on an exchange (you should never let it sit in an exchange, for security reasons), you can lend your crypto and earn up to 11% interest APR. Or if you want to borrow crypto, you can get some in minutes – no credit checks required. Dharma doesn’t actually touch your crypto, it just gives you the platform to loan or borrow it.

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Token economies are already creating a global workforce that is as diverse and varied as internet users themselves. You can easily be a part of them yourself.

Learn more about Mysterium’s node pilot where you can earn ETH for sharing your bandwidth.

Mysterium Network 2018 round up

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Happy New Year from Team Mysterium! We’re building a dVPN. What is a VPN service? And why do you need one? We break it down what’s happening in today’s internet, and how they affect your digital rights in this deep dive, “What happened to the Internet?“.

It’s time for a quick update from our team to round up 2018, and our last quarter. It’s been busy, and we’re excited to share some of the milestones that the project has reached.

First things first, here are some fun facts from 2018:

A quick snapshot from: https://testnet.mysterium.network/
  • Over +6,000 unique users used Mysterium Network
  • This made for over +28907 successful sessions — with more than 10.82TB transferred across our network, and average session times of 5 hours and 32 minutes.
  • Our last quarter accounted for over 70% of unique users & successful connections
  • We launched MysteriumVPN app on desktop and mobile. Download MysteriumVPN for Windows, Mac and Android.
  • MysteriumVPN Android app has over 1000 installs with an average of ~50% conversion rate and a 4.3 rating on GooglePlay since our launch on the 19th of December 2018.
  • Launched Mysterium Wallet on Testnet, more on that below.

Now to get a little more granular as to what we’ve been up to in the last three months:

Mysterium API updates

Completed mobile API for OpenVPN

We are using OpenVPN under the hood. What is OpenVPN service? Find out more here. This was the first protocol — external binary (executable file). We didn’t see any problems until we started building for mobile.
This is because you are very restricted as to what you can run as an external process in mobile. This is due to operating system limitations. So we decided we needed to use OpenVPN, not as an external process but by having it embedded into our nodes.

Mobile API for Wireguard®

WireGuard brings cutting-edge cryptography to the MysteriumVPN. Running inside the Linux Kernel, it aims to be faster, simpler and leaner than IPsec. It also intends to perform much faster than OpenVPN. Our Mobile API for Wireguard means that this protocol will available on MysteriumVPN on Android and iOS (coming soon).

Node filtering using node connections statistics

We are now able to analyse successful / failed connections and depending on this ratio we decide on the priority by which to suggest nodes for clients. While node filtering hasn’t been implemented yet, what we have done is improve the visibility of stable nodes by showing at the top of the available list on MysteriumVPN, thereby ensuring better service for all our users.

Other Improvements

  • OpenVPN connection stability improvements
  • OpenVPN re-connect call used for mobile migration between 4G and Wifi networks
  • Code refactoring to accommodate pluggable node services

What is a VPN service? Mysterium VPN updates

Launched MysteriumVPN on Android.

We’re really excited to have launched MysteriumVPN for Android and are powering towards our iOS release. We’d love your feedback on the product. Please download and give us feedback on our dedicated alpha testing telegram channel.

Check out some of the reviews we’ve had so far:

Deployed Mysterium Wallet on Testnet 

The long-awaited Mysterium Wallet is finally here. Check out detailed instructions on how you can register your Mysterium ID using our wallet here. Please note — currently registering identity works on Ethereum Ropsten Testnet only. Test it, and let us know what you think!

Deployed Mysterium ID

Mysterium ID has been deployed internally. To get into more detail check out our dedicated post about how Mysterium ID will work within Mysterium Network.

Marketing updates

YouTube Interview:

Mysterium Network Founder Robertas Visinskis — Cryptocurrency Virtual Summit YouTube interview: “Anonymity and privacy are not the same thing”.

Tech Podcast

Mysterium Network Founder Robert Visinskis talks about restoring our privacy with the first decentralized VPN blockchain project.
https://techblogwriter.co.uk/mysterium-network/

We’ve been talking about VPN service on blockchain at these events and conferences:

Hard Fork Decentralized 2018

Mysterium Network Business Development Lead Andra attended Hard Fork Decentralized 2018 conference in London to discuss privacy, security and decentralization.

https://thenextweb.com/conference/

ETHSingapore: ASEAN’s 1st Ethereum Hackathon

Mysterium Head of Marketing Sharmini was present in ETHSingapore: ASEAN’s 1st Ethereum Hackathon with prominent crypto industry members like Vitalik Buterin in attendance.

https://ethsingapore.co/

Black Hat Europe 2018

Mysterium Business Development Lead Andra was present in Black Hat Europe 2018 in London. Mysterium was looking for synergies with other cybersecurity companies at the event. Black Hat provides attendees with the very latest in research, development, and trends in Information Security.

https://www.blackhat.com/eu-18/

Mysterium Business Development Lead Andra (left) networking with OWASP (The Open Web Application Security Project) at Black Hat Europe 2018.

BlockShow Asia 2018

Mysterium Head of Marketing Sharmini participated in BlockShow Asia 2018 in Singapore.

100+ Speakers. 2000+ Attendees. 76% Senior management. 200+ Journalists. 50+ Countries. Entrepreneurs, investors, talents, developers, startups — all in one place. BlockShow is a major international event for showcasing established blockchain solutions.

Blockshow was a great opportunity to understand the way Asian blockchain works. It was great to speak with and find ways to collaborate with companies across the world. — Sharmini

https://blockshow.com/

During our time at these conferences and in reaching out to the wider community we’ve begun identifying the partners whose values align with ours and we have a series of partnerships lined up for 2019.

Stay tuned for some exciting announcements.

That’s all for now, we’re gonna keep on focusing on the future we’re here to #buidl

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Connect with our project

Please be sure to follow and subscribe to the following:

Website — https://mysterium.network
Twitter — https://twitter.com/MysteriumNet
Telegram — https://t.me/Mysterium_Network
Reddit — https://www.reddit.com/r/MysteriumNetwork
Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/MysteriumNet
Steemit — https://steemit.com/@mysteriumnetwork
Bitcointalk — https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1895626.0

Please join the Telegram groups most relevant to you and engage with our team. We want to hear from you.

English — https://t.me/Mysterium_Network

Rules & FAQ — https://t.me/MysteriumRulesAndFAQ

Announcements — https://t.me/MysteriumOfficialAnnouncements

Node Testing — https://t.me/mysterium_network_nodes

MysteriumVPN Testing — https://t.me/joinchat/I5-aG0z_3SA6PLgQBCOXlA

中文 / Chinese — https://t.me/MysteriumChineseChat

русский / Russian https://t.me/mystRU

Español / Spanish — https://t.me/mysterium_network_espanol

And finally, if you’d like to see more of these types of updates give us some claps and let us know.

*WireGuard” and the “WireGuard” logo are registered trademarks of Jason A. Donenfeld.

Why use a VPN? MysteriumVPN available on Android

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Why use a VPN? Mysterium Network is a fast and scalable transport security layer. Mysterium is reinventing privacy, starting with decentralizing VPN on blockchain which means that our architecture can’t actually keep logs of your traffic. Instead, your traffic data is distributed across the network with no single node having complete access to who you are and what you are doing. We have been open source from day one. Everything is transparent. You can check our source code and even contribute.

As we continue our mission to create a distributed, trust-less and sustainable network providing open access and privacy to all Internet users; our MysteriumVPN app is now available for mobile Android phones on the Google Play store. Anyone will be able to participate in the world’s first decentralized blockchain VPN network from the convenience of their Android phones and compatible devices. You can download the app and use for free during our alpha testing (also available for Windows and macOS desktop versions). Help us build, improve and continue to reinvent privacy, security and freedom on the Internet by providing your feedback.

The app is built with P2P architecture with focus on highest privacy and anonymity using powerful AES-256 encryption, reputation mechanisms, and layered protection protocols. MysteriumVPN secures your data communication channel by utilizing highest-grade AES-256 encryption with SHA384 cryptographic hashing.

MysteriumVPN app for mobile Android

The MysteriumVPN mobile app uses the OpenVPN protocol. OpenVPN is a open-source commercial software that implements virtual private network techniques to create secure point-to-point or site-to-site connections in routed or bridged configurations and remote access facilities. It uses a custom security protocol that utilizes SSL/TLS for key exchange. Future versions of the MysteriumVPN app will also integrate the WireGuard ® protocol as well.

MysteriumVPN node country Search

The first version of the app for Android will include basic functionality that will allow browsing through and connection to the list of available node countries in the decentralized network TestNet. You can also help provide a secure connection to those in need by hosting your own VPN node. You will be able to see your current IP address and connection status at the top of the screen. The bottom part of the screen shows connectivity statistics like session time duration and amount of traffic received and sent. Other functionality includes a Favorites feature (by marking the star icon) so that you can save your preferred connections for quick and easy access.

MysteriumVPN connected

Quick Access screen shortcut

The MysteriumVPN quick access screen shortcut is available at the top of the mobile phone screen in the Notifications area.

MysteriumVPN quick access screen shortcut

Quick Access screen

You can quickly and easily DISCONNECT your current VPN session in the quick access screen. Session statistics can also be conveniently seen here for monitoring.

MysteriumVPN quick access screen

Feedback form

Selecting the ? question mark icon at the top left of the main app screen opens the Feedback form. Select desired Feedback type (Bug, Connectivity issues, Positive feedback), enter Message and click on the SEND FEEDBACK button to help our team with the development process by providing us with valuable data.

MysteriumVPN Feedback form

You can also help by providing your feedback and interacting with our community. You can join our MysteriumVPN Telegram Testing group for support and communicating with our team to share your experience and thoughts.

The open source code for the mobile app will be available in our GitHub. For iPhone and iOS users we will have that version of the app available in Q1 of 2019. Additional future developments include advanced filtering for improved node country selection. We also have payment flows such as top up your identity, withdraw from your identity and micro-payments for bandwidth coming soon.

*”WireGuard” and the “WireGuard” logo are registered trademarks of Jason A. Donenfeld.

Links

Please be sure to follow and subscribe to the following:

Website — https://mysterium.network
Twitter — https://twitter.com/MysteriumNet
Telegram — https://t.me/Mysterium_Network
Reddit — https://www.reddit.com/r/MysteriumNetwork
Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/MysteriumNet
Steemit — https://steemit.com/@mysteriumnetwork
Bitcointalk — https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1895626.0

How VPN works? A look into building a dVPN

how vpn works - distributed vpns

MysteriumVPN is the client application of Mysterium Network. Dive into how VPN works, and how is it different with a dVPN.

In this article, we will discuss how VPN works, the architecture of MysteriumVPN and how it integrates with Mysterium Node to ensure an encrypted end to end flow of data through Mysterium Network.

Cross-platform architecture

Usually, you need separate builds for each platform. Now that cross-platform technology has improved, this is no longer the case.

For desktop:

Electron is a framework which allows us to build cross-platform applications using common web technologies such as HTML, CSS and Javascript. We are using Electron which allows us to develop one application for two platforms for desktop — Windows and Mac OS. Linux coming soon. Download our alpha.

Under the hood of an Electron application, sits a Chromiumbrowser; A website, rendered by an embedded browser.

For mobile:

We are kicking off our mobile development for MysteriumVPN, with Android versions set to release shortly.

For this, we are using React Native for cross-platform applications.

Most of MysteriumVPN is written in Javascript, which is run in a separate process. Javascript generates the virtual structure of the user interface. This Javascript process communicates to native mobile processes which are responsible for rendering the actual user interface as you see it.

How Mysterium VPN works? Architecture of MysteriumVPN Desktop Client Application

How MysteriumVPN works on desktop:

Since we are using Electron, we have two processes, MAIN and RENDERER.

MAIN is the first process which is started when the application starts. It is a NodeJS process which is responsible for managing the following functions:

  • Application state and internal operations
  • Tray
  • Kicking off the RENDERER process

The second process is RENDERER and it is responsible for displaying the graphical user interface for the application.

Communication between processes:

Both the MAIN and RENDERER processes need to communicate with each other to stay in sync. For this reason, we are using a standard approach of Inter-Process Communication (IPC).

Javascript is not type-safe, which isn’t very reliable. We use Flow static type checker which adds type-safety for Javascript. This especially applies to syncing data between processes — it becomes less reliable when using out-of-the-box IPC. To improve that, with custom implementation on top to have type-safety.

MessageTransportdescribes a single typed message which is sent between processes. It creates alignment between both processes by introducing sender and receiver objects, ensuring that both sides expect the same arguments of this message.

Here is an implementation:

class MessageTransport<T> {
 _channel: string
 _messageBus: MessageBus
constructor (channel: string, messageBus: MessageBus) {
 this._channel = channel
 this._messageBus = messageBus
 }
buildSender (): MessageSender<T> {
 return new MessageSender(this._channel, this._messageBus)
 }
buildReceiver (): MessageReceiver<T> {
 return new MessageReceiver(this._channel, this._messageBus)
 }
}
class MessageSender<T> {
 _channel: string
 _messageBus: MessageBus
constructor (channel: string, messageBus: MessageBus) {
 this._channel = channel
 this._messageBus = messageBus
 }
send (data: T) {
 this._messageBus.send(this._channel, data)
 }
}
class MessageReceiver<T> {
 _channel: string
 _messageBus: MessageBus
constructor (channel: string, messageBus: MessageBus) {
 this._channel = channel
 this._messageBus = messageBus
 }
on (callback: T => void) {
 this._messageBus.on(this._channel, callback)
 }
removeCallback (callback: T => void) {
 this._messageBus.removeCallback(this._channel, callback)
 }
}

Here is an example of communication between both these MAIN and RENDERER processes:

Example: communicating country proposal updates between processes:

MAIN process is managing country proposals internally and it sends all updates:

this._countryList.onUpdate(countries => {
  this._communication.countryUpdate.send(countries)
})

RENDERER process listens for country updates,

this.rendererCommunication.countryUpdate.on(this.onCountriesUpdate)
...
onCountriesUpdate (countries) {
  this.countriesAreLoading = false
  this.countryList = countries
}

Having such an abstraction layer ensures that communication is type-safe, reliable and features around it are simple to test.

How VPN works with distributed nodes? Integrating Mysterium Node with MysteriumVPN Application.

Once we’ve rendered the application layer, we still need to connect MysteriumVPN to Mysterium Node. Mysterium Nodeis a software that connects you to Mysterium Network where you are able to exchange value for bandwidth.

MysteriumVPN is a client application of Mysterium Network. The successful running of our dVPN on the network will attract other use cases from existing or future businesses that require end-to-end encryption of data, thereby expanding Mysterium Network’s ecosystem.

We require specific information to ensure the successful running of our dVPNservice.

Operation System Service
Since we are running Mysterium Node under the MysteriumVPNapplication we need to supervise the Mysterium Node to ensure that it works.

Our Data Protection Policy
We make a clear distinction between personal data and usage data. We do not collect information on who you are. We collect data on session and connection inputs and outputs. This is important data for us as it gives us visibility on how our technology fares against the realities of cyber oppression. Check out our privacy policy for more information.

Logging
Since we are integrating Mysterium Node into the MysteriumVPNapplication, the application itself gets quite complex. That’s why we have to be prepared to log errors from everywhere, — our application, Mysterium Node, and from Electron.

That means that there are three sources of inputs. When we are inspecting something, we need to understand that these errors can happen in three different places. We need to synchronise those and collect all relevant data from these sources.

Data management in the era of web 3 is complex and we hope to do so in an ethical and fair manner. Check out how our no logs policy protects your personal data.

Build on Mysterium Network

We have an npm package that allows for you to connect to Mysterium Nodeeasily. This is the same package that the MysteriumVPN uses to connect to Mysterium Network. This can be used for any application — it’s literally plug and play.

Interested in contributing to Mysterium Network? We are an open source project focused on bringing privacy, security and freedom to web 3. Check out our Github.

Please beware of scams. We will never ask you for your private keys.

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